In Barcelona you will always find a good exhibition to visit or a cultural event to attend. And what is needed to house an art exhibition? Of course, a gallery. Enric Granados is one of the nicest streets of the Eixample district and in it you can find several of these galleries inviting you to come in and take a look. This month opened one of them, The Laboratory, a new space within the gallery called Miquel Alzueta. From ShBarcelona we invite you to know more about it and visit it some day.
Experimentation with new exhibition formats
At the number 61 on the street Enric Granados has opened this “laboratory” with the intention of giving a space for emerging artists to exhibit and, being a showcase of unique pieces in non-traditional exhibition formats. This space is added to those that already owns the gallery Miquel Alzueta in Seneca Street 9-11 and the Palau de Casavells, in the Baix Empordà, at the north of Catalonia. In the three spaces they have exhibit for years emerging artists contemporary sculptures and paintings like Lusesita, Victoria Iranzo, Alejandro Marco, or Bruno Olle, combined with original furniture architects of the twentieth century as Provué, Perriand or Mategot. All joined by already established artists such as Regina Giménez, Manolo Ballesteros and Miguel Macaya.
The current exhibition
Since March the 7th, the day of the official opening of The Laboratory, until April the 9th, you can visit there the exhibition “Los Indios. Lectura de una iconografía“. This exhibition of painting and sculpture shows a collection of original kachinas of the twentieth century, pictorially interpreted by the artist Matias Krahn, from Barcelona. You are probably wondering what a kachina is… It is a wooden sculpture that comes from the religion and cosmology of the Indians of the West (the Hopi, Zuni, the Tiwa, the Acoma and Laguna), and represents an ancient and paranormal spirit who serves as a divine messenger, is located at a midpoint between a human being and a god. In hopi, a kachina (aka qatsina) literally means “bearer of life” and can be anything from the natural world: an element, a quality, a natural phenomenon, a concept, etc. They are, in short, a kind of dolls that are used to educate children about the things in life, because in their culture and religion everything has its own spirit. The kachinas can bring rain for crops if they held appropriate ceremonies, and there are about 300 different kachinas.
If you want to know a little more about a world so far unknown as the native Indians of the West, visit The Laboratory and discover this highly recommended corner of Barcelona.